Miss La. Contestant Hannah McFarland Killed In Ruston Accident - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

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Miss La. Contestant Hannah McFarland Killed In Ruston Accident

Hannah McFarland, who recently competed as Miss Minden in this month's Miss Louisiana Pageant, was killed Monday morning when the car she was riding in hit the side of a train.
Ruston Police say McFarland was a passenger in a car driven by 18-year-old Rachel Cockrell of Bossier City. Police say Cockrell was driving on Maple Street in Ruston when her car hit the side of a Kansas City Southern train. Police say McFarland was ejected from the car and later died at the North Louisiana Medical Center. Cockrell was also taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. She told police she did not see any warning signals at the crossing nor did she hear the train's horn.
Police say the train's engineer, Torrish Pearson of Gibsland, said the crossing lights were working and he did sound his horn.
The accident remains under investigation.
According to the Miss Louisiana Organization website, McFarland was a Minden native attending Bossier Parish Community College majoring in nursing.
Story by Sean Staggs

Photo source: Miss Louisiana Organization

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